Reasons to Think Small for Holiday Shopping

Posted on 11/15/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsYou’ve gotten countless flyers in the mail for “Black Friday.” But there’s another great way to score shopping deals and do good at the same time: Support local merchants and patronize stores and restaurants in your area on Small Business Saturday, November 24. In addition to finding unique gifts, you’re far more likely to get individual attention from people who know their merchandise inside and out and who want to earn customers for life. Small business owners also tend to …

Tax Day Freebies, Deals Near You

Posted on 04/16/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you hate Tax Day, here’s something to make it a little easier to swallow: free food.  A variety of retailers and chains are easing the pain on Tuesday, April 17 — this year’s Tax Day — by offering freebies and discounts at shops around the nation. Some of the deals you can find on April 17 include: Free curly fries with a coupon at Arby’s. A free scoop of yogurt from 4-7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s.   A free coffee sample (enough to brew a …

Cross “Dream Vacation” Off the Bucket List in 2012

Posted on 01/19/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelIt seems likely that 2012 will provide travelers their last window of opportunity to take advantage of recession pricing as the US economy seems like it might be gasping for new life. According to a recent report in the Federal Reserve Beige Book, “reports from most Districts pointed to solid gains or high levels of travel and tourist activity, with pickups evident in both the business and leisure segments. Tourism activity was reported to be above the levels from twelve …

The Good and Bad of Veterans Day: Freebies, Discounts and Fraud

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsPerhaps you’re a veteran yourself. Maybe you have a family member, close friend, neighbor, or loved one who has served—or who is currently serving. Although veterans deserve our support every day of the year, it’s a great time to highlight the ways businesses and organizations everywhere are honoring veterans. Unfortunately it’s also a time when those who deserve our utmost respect may fall victim to crooks and scammers. But we’ll focus on the good stuff first. 

Saving Gets Better With Age

Posted on 10/5/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIn keeping with this week’s “Frugal Fun” Savings Challenge, I wanted to share a story of my own about how you can have fun without paying full price. Emma, our 13-year old niece from Ohio, was visiting my wife and me here in Maryland back in August. It was sort of the last hurrah of Emma’s summer vacation. One evening Denise, my long-suffering wife, took Emma to a minor league baseball game. Both girls are avid baseball fans, so they …

Add to Your Retirement Stash, or Buy Now…How About an App for That?

Posted on 06/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsYou’ve been saving for that new flat screen TV. Wise consumer that you are, comparing prices is a given. Now for a new twist on shopping around: what if you kept your current TV, took the cash you had planned to spend on the flat screen, and put it in your 401(k) instead?